Eli Marrero

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Eli Marrero
Catcher / Outfielder
Born: (1973-11-17) November 17, 1973 (age 41)
Havana, Cuba
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 1997 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
August 8, 2006 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
Batting average .243
Home runs 66
Runs batted in 261
Former teams

Elieser Marrero (born November 17, 1973 in Havana, Cuba), is a former Major League Baseball player. Marrero started his career as a catcher, but spent time at first base, third base and in the outfield.

Marrero was selected in the 3rd round of the June 1993 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He missed much of the 2000 season due to thyroid cancer. During that time, he lost his job as the starting catcher for the Cardinals, so when he returned he started logging time in the outfield and at first, in addition to occasional duty behind the plate. On July 2, 2006, Marrero saw his first Major League action at third base, playing two innings there for the New York Mets.

While with the Cardinals, Marrero caught Bud Smith's no-hitter on September 3, 2001.[1]

The Cardinals traded Marrero to the Atlanta Braves in December 2003 as part of a package for pitchers Jason Marquis[2] and rookie prospect Adam Wainwright,[3] where he hit .415 against left-handed pitchers as a platoon outfielder. Following the 2004 season, the Braves dealt him to the Kansas City Royals, who were in need of a power-hitting corner outfielder, in exchange for minor-league pitcher Jorge Vasquez. He saw action at all three outfield positions and first base, but hit only .159 in 32 games. The Royals designated him for assignment on May 31, 2005, giving them 10 days to trade or release him. On June 8, the Royals traded him to the Baltimore Orioles for minor-league infielder Pete Maestrales.

On June 9, 2006, while playing for the AAA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, he was traded to the New York Mets for infielder Kaz Matsui, as Matsui had struggled all year with the Mets, hitting only .202, and Marrero had not seen any big-league action until on June 11, 2006, when he came into a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, when he came in as a defensive replacement and went 1–2 with 2 R.B.I.'s in the Mets' 15–2 win. On August 8, 2006, he was designated for assignment by the Mets.

On November 28, 2006, Marrero was signed to a minor league deal by the St. Louis Cardinals. On May 21, 2007, Marrero was released by the Memphis Redbirds, the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate, after just one game.

He is the uncle of Baltimore Orioles first baseman, Chris Marrero.

In July, 2011, Marrero was named the batting coach of the Billings Mustangs.

He is the manager of the Arizona League Reds for the 2013 season.

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